Hi, I’m Bev. There aren’t many things that I love nearly as much as my husband, but bingo is definitely up there. It gives me a lot less bother, that’s for sure. I’m no tech expert (chances are my grandson is typing this up for me) but I hear the internet is good for sharing. This is my monthly bingo blog, where I can tell you all about my time at the local bingo hall. I’m no expert writer (you won’t find me on Richard & Judy’s book club!), and most of the things I know fall into a few simple boxes, especially TV murder mysteries and finding a bargain. If you want to know about Midsomer Murders or the nearest market, I’m your woman. But I also know how to talk – just ask my husband and friends. Many of my friends these days are from the bingo, which has given me lots of stories to tell. You can read those stories right here. I hope you enjoy them.

Hello again. How have you all been? I’ve been very busy. I spent most of last week out of the house, which has been tiring but a good laugh. This has got me thinking about all the ways people like me can get out of the house more. It’s so easy to just stay in all the time. I love my house. That doesn’t need to stop, but there’s a whole world out there. It’s like I said last week – age is just a number, so treat it that way. Here are a few of the ways I get out of the house. Try it if you can.

Bargain Hunt

When you all met me in my last post, I mentioned how much I love a good bargain. For my money, you can’t beat the thrill of discovering some hidden gem down the car boot or a cheap version of something you need at the local shops. More than anything though, bargain hunting is a great excuse to go out and visit other places. You can go for a walk or a drive to your nearest market or shopping centre, meet and chat with other people along the way, and maybe even get to discover new places. Saving some pennies doesn’t hurt either.

Walking the Dog

My husband was the regular dog walker for a number of years, until just recently anyway. We have one dog right now – a Labrador called Sky. She has aged with both of us and slowed down with us as well, so it’s not too much work looking after her now. Going for a bit of a walk with Sky, even if it’s just a short one, is a real highlight of my day now. It is a good chance to spend some time in the outdoors, get some fresh air, and maybe meet some other people doing exactly the same. You won’t be alone. Even if you have to do part of the walk on a scooter like me, it is a fun thing to do when you have free time.

Visiting family

I’m not into spiritual rubbish, but this one is good for your body and your soul. Keeping in touch with family is a must. It is good for your own happiness and stops any loneliness creeping in. It’s also a good way of getting a change of scenery, seeing new places and people outside of the everyday. Even if your family come to you, you can go for days out with them as you catch up. The possibilities are endless, and the really important thing is that you stay connected to the people you love and who love you.

Bingo

This game continues to be my little safe place. My local bingo hall allows me to get active, see my friends and just have a laugh. The odd cash prize makes the whole thing even better. My group of regular bingo friends have become a way for me to gab about everything, from family stuff to whatever the man on the news was prattling on about at 10 pm the night before. I wouldn’t swap it for the world.

That’s it for this month. I’m sure I’ll be back in a few weeks to chew your ear off some more. See you then…